History of The Flag Lapel Pin

American Flag

One of the most popular lapel pins is the U.S. flag lapel pin. Popular with politicians, public servants, and patriotic citizens, flag lapel pins are part of our nation’s iconography. Despite their ubiquity, few people know the story behind the lapel pin. The history of this instantly recognizable lapel pin isn’t clear, although one thing is for sure – it wasn’t a common accessory before World War II. Although there exist other accessories, like jewelry, featuring the flag, you’d be hard-pressed to find an actual flag lapel pin from before the 1950s.

During the tumultuous time of the late 1960s, the flag lapel pin’s popularity grew. Many politicians wore them to display their solidarity against the anti-Vietnam War protesters. Once Richard Nixon, taking a fashion cue from the Robert Redford film The Candidate, started proudly displaying the lapel pin, they became almost permanent fixtures for those in public office.

The flag lapel pin often sees surges in popularity during unfortunate moments of crisis. During the Gulf War, flag pins, along with other patriotic items like patches and yellow ribbon, were sold and worn by many people to show their support of the troops. After the tragedy on September 11, 2001, flag lapel pin sales rose as citizens looked for a way to show their support and love of their country.

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